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Rust In Pieces: Poignant pictures capture tragic beauty of world's most haunting shipwrecks
The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 19, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 01/19/2013 9:25:13 AM PST by Uncle Chip

The history of humanity is filled with stories of tragic naval catastrophes that took a heavy tool in both blood and treasure, leaving behind only wooden or steel carcasses exposed to the elements.

According to a United Nations report, there are more than three million shipwrecks on the ocean floor alone, most of which will forever remain out of view to rust away and be consumed by living organisms.

However, the fate of other remnants of shipwrecks is different. Those ill-fated vessels that ended up grounded or sank close to shore may yet be explored, cataloged and photographed, sharing their ghostly, crumbling beauty with the world as they fade away.

Decommissioned, burned, long-neglected boats, liners and once-proud freighters can be seen rising from the frothy waves like ghost ships the world over, from the Gulf of Mexico to Hawaii, from Alaska to Greece, from Shipwreck Beach in Angola to Rogue River in Oregon, according to Gizmodo.

While no longer serving any obvious purpose, the ships continue to write their tragic narrative in rust, fighting a losing battle against nature that will inevitably win in the end.

Lying on their side in the water, or proudly thrusting their decaying, corroded bows in the air, shipwrecks are assaulted by wind and water day and night, their hulls and keels wasting away under the abrasive touch of currents and squalls.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Business/Economy; Education; History; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: shipwrecks
Great Photos
1 posted on 01/19/2013 9:25:22 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

Back in ‘89-91, I don’t remember precisely the year, I was staying in Miami Beach for a few weeks off of Collins near Ocean Drive when one night a small tramp steamer like one of those shown here washed up right onto the beach, and lay on its side near 5th Street and beside a beach club known as Penrods. It held a cargo of Vespa motor scooters, of all things, but not for long. IRRC, it was empty by the second night, after which they posted guards.


2 posted on 01/19/2013 9:38:31 AM PST by PUGACHEV
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To: Uncle Chip

I like the ads for rust removers next to the picture:)
Or the car seat snuggled up next to the one wreck.
Retired from the sea, I now enjoy pictures of old wrecks far more than when I steamed past the actual wrecks.


3 posted on 01/19/2013 9:43:16 AM PST by Cold Heart
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To: Uncle Chip

its cargo of hemp and matches caught fire

Wow. Who coulda seen that coming.


4 posted on 01/19/2013 9:45:53 AM PST by DManA
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To: Uncle Chip
Thanks for posting these "poignant" images of once-great vessels who lost their intended freedom and purpose and now lie as useless relics. That you share them on the FreeRepublic web site bears special note.

Too bad Americans could not have such stark visual images of once-great nations who, through ignorance or neglect, suffered a similar fate.

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5 posted on 01/19/2013 9:57:14 AM PST by loveliberty2 ( -)
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To: Uncle Chip

I saw the Dimitrios last October when I was in Greece. It’s just outside the town of Githio. I was driving on the coast road on a bluff and when I rounded a corner I could see it below. I hadn’t known it was there and so it was a real surprise.


6 posted on 01/19/2013 10:05:01 AM PST by Parmenio
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To: loveliberty2

I was waiting for someone to draw the connection and then post a picture of the shipwreck of the USS OBAMA.


7 posted on 01/19/2013 10:36:19 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

In 1918 as WWI was drawing to a close and the Germans knew they had lost, an agreement was made whereby the Germans were instructed to bring their entire High Seas Fleet to the British Grand Fleet’s home harbor at Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands. The German ships, 74 in total, were manned by skeleton crews at anchor while the details of the armistice were drawn up. Right before the agreement was reached and fearing that their ships would be divided up among Britain, France, Italy and the U.S., the Germans scuttled all the ships one night when a prearranged signal was given.
http://scapaflowwrecks.com/


8 posted on 01/19/2013 11:12:42 AM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Uncle Chip

Beautiful wrecks. Yet when any commercial company tries to salvage anything off a wreck they are treated like criminals and the various courts and countries try to take it all. Apparently they woudl rather let the wrecks decay and be lost forever.


9 posted on 01/19/2013 11:17:50 AM PST by sl-17b (Piss off a liberal by using your brain.)
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To: sl-17b; PUGACHEV

Who owns the cargo after a shipwreck???


10 posted on 01/19/2013 11:41:25 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

Google, “Lloyd’s Form.”


11 posted on 01/19/2013 12:01:08 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: gorush

And, I seem to remember, several of those German sailors while in the act of scuttling their ships, were shot by the British.


12 posted on 01/19/2013 1:31:19 PM PST by Age of Reason
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To: Age of Reason

I believe it was after the sea cocks had been opened and they were fleeing on harbor craft.


13 posted on 01/19/2013 1:51:15 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Uncle Chip; SunkenCiv
Up your alley?

FMCDH(BITS)

14 posted on 01/19/2013 2:40:08 PM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: Uncle Chip

Who owns the cargo after a shipwreck???

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The insurance company.


15 posted on 01/19/2013 7:00:42 PM PST by ROTB (Live holy, forgive all & pray in Jesus' name. Trust He is willing & able & eager to ANSWER BIG!)
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To: Uncle Chip

Very cool shots thanks for posting this.


16 posted on 01/19/2013 7:12:25 PM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Those who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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